After years of teases, it appears Mazda is assuredly accessible to arouse its signature rotary engine—as an EV ambit extender.
The rotary ambit extender will be acclimated in the Japanese-market MX-30 crossover alpha in 2022, according to a Japanese-language video acquaint to Mazda’s YouTube approach Wednesday.
First spotted by Autoblog, the video contains a abrupt advertence to the ambit extender by Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto. He accepted affairs to use the ambit extender in the MX-30, and said testing would alpha after this year with a baby accumulation of prototypes, but did not accord any added details.
Still, those statements affirm article that Mazda has hinted at assorted times over the accomplished three years but has abhorred absolutely acknowledging in a product.
It started in 2017 with comments by then-head powertrain developer Mitsuo Hitomi, who said a rotary agent could be acclimated as a ambit extender for a approaching electric car. Mazda had filed patents for a rotary ambit extender above-mentioned to that, and teased the abstraction with assorted abstraction and ancestor vehicles.
The achievability of a new Mazda rotary engine—even as a ambit extender—perked up the aerial of car enthusiasts. Mazda was the sole automaker to use Wankel rotary engines for decades, best acutely in its RX-7 sports car. The aggregation hasn’t fabricated a rotary-engined car back the RX-8 concluded assembly in the 2011 archetypal year.
Mazda in 2018 appropriate a rotary range-extender ability be acclimated in its e-Palette free people-mover project, developed in affiliation with Toyota.
In 2019, Mazda said that the rotary ambit extender was coming, but it wouldn’t say in what product. Then the company’s powertrain arch said that the rotary range-extender had become allotment of a adjustable powertrain platform—which ability explain why Mazda had bound beforehand responses.
But at last, we accept a artefact it’s activity into: The MX-30, for which there are already all-electric and mild-hybrid versions. Mazda has alone accepted the range-extended adaptation for Japan, but the all-electric adaptation is actuality awash in Europe as well.
Now the question—especially with emissions an affair in the accomplished for rotary engines—is whether such a adaptation will anytime go on auction in the United States.